Blurbs from the ‘Burbs is written by Arlington resident Jeff Zeeman. After a brief six year sojourn, he’s back! You can see Jeff’s previous columns here.
Ed. Note: Thanks to commenters for clarifying public transit options – “Montgomery County Ride-On Bus 301 stops at Glenstone except on early morning trips before Glenstone is open.”
Glenstone is worth the journey (roughly 30 minutes from downtown D.C.) if you want to experience Smithsonian-level art and architecture, in a spectacular natural setting, at Smithsonian prices (free). You must plan far in advance (visiting days are Thursday through Sunday, and tickets for July will be released on May 1st at 10:00 A.M. … I recommend logging on shortly thereafter), but it’s well worth it. The art collection includes recognizable works from many of the most prominent contemporary artists – Warhol, Basquiat, Rothko, Jenny Holzer, Pollack, Jasper Johns, Rauschenberg, LeWitt, Ellsworth Kelly, Duchamp, De Kooning, Oldenburg, Hirst, Kusama, Bourgeois, Calder, Haring, and on and on – but also features some really interesting pieces from relatively obscure artists. And the art collection is far from the only highlight, as the grounds, the staff, and in particular several dramatic outdoor works of art make any visit memorable and distinguishable from any other art viewing experience. (more…)
Kate Raudenbush’s Axis Mundi
“Join the Golden Triangle BID for an artists’ talk and walking tour of Layers + Lines with artists Nekisha Durrett and Kate Raudenbush. The artists will discuss the inspiration for their artworks and their creative processes. Both dates (Saturday, April 13 and Monday, April 15 at 11 a.m.) event are free and open to the public. Each talk and tour will last approximately 1 hour and start at the Connecticut Avenue overlook.”
From a press release:
“The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) opens Layers + Lines, a new public art exhibition on Connecticut Avenue, on April 4, 2019. Bringing together two pieces of art, Up ’til Now by DC-based artist Nekisha Durrett and Axis Mundi by NYC-based artist Kate Raudenbush, the exhibition explores the layers of history in the Golden Triangle neighborhood, the geometries of our built environment, and the lines connecting us to our community. (more…)
Photo Credit: Pierre Edwards/@DistrictDodger
From an email:
“No Kings Collective, in partnership with Collection 14, presents UMBRELLA. Taking over an entire city block along the 14th St corridor, UMBRELLA will be a three day pop-up with multiple galleries, art installations, and site-specific projects. UMBRELLA will feature curation and art by Kelly Towles, Naturel, Maggie O’Neill, Monochrome Collective, Girlaaa, Mark Kelner, Fabiola R. Delgado, PAKKE, Rock Creek Social Club, District Dodger, and JAB.
UMBRELLA | April 12th – 14th
Opening Reception April 12th | 5p-12a
2114 14th st NW (between V and W St)
The show is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP.”
More from a press release: (more…)
Photo by flickr user airbus777
From a press release:
“On the evening of Tuesday, April 9, the NoMa Parks Foundation will turn on the power for Lightweave, a dynamic and compelling light installation in the L Street NE railway underpass. Comprising six spiraling lattices of stainless steel and bent LED tubing suspended above the underpass sidewalks — three above each passageway, hung from freestanding armatures — the artwork will light up the space 24 hours a day, with LED colors changing and moving in response to sound waves from the sidewalk spaces and vibrations from trains passing overhead. Lightweave is the second of the NoMa Parks Foundation’s planned underpass “art parks” to open and was designed by interdisciplinary San Francisco art and design firm FUTUREFORMS. The first art park — Rain, in the M Street NE underpass — opened in October 2018. (more…)
As you know, Zeppelin restaurant on 9th and Q has been in the process of painting an awesome monster mural on its wall over the last few months. My son, Konrad, attends Seaton and we walk by the mural everyday to and from school – I should add that he is also a huge fan of all things monster (we have a godzilla poster in our kitchen, so it might be genetic). As the mural was going up Konrad had daily conversations with the artist, and he was really happy to see King Kong and a gigantic octopus join Godzilla in the mural. But, there was a problem: Mothra had been left out.
Pardon me, coming to AdMo, from a press release:
“Adams Morgan looks even more colorful, as new banners designed by a local artist have gone up throughout the neighborhood. The Adams Morgan Partnership partnered with local creative agency Maga Design to create a new visual identity for the neighborhood in 2018. Then, building upon this new “look,” the Partnership commissioned artist Rebecca Williams for original art to update the neighborhood’s light pole banners.
The street pole banners are part of a broader placemaking and community building effort. In the next few weeks, more than 100 banners will be installed in the neighborhood’s primary corridors, on 18th Street, Columbia Road, Florida Avenue, Calvert Street, and the Duke Ellington Bridge, welcoming neighbors and visitors to the community and marking this area as Adams Morgan. (more…)
Thanks to a reader for sending this “Time” Magazine Cover from Adams Morgan.
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30th and M Street, NW
This is the former Latham Hotel space.
Check out some renderings here from Thor Equities though it’s not clear if construction is actually progressing according to this Washington Business Journal story from August: “Construction at the site of the former Latham Hotel in Georgetown has stalled. The developer is holding off until it sells part or all of the property, or lands retail tenants and a hotel operator.”
Thor’s website says: (more…)